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Photos by Debbie Hill
Israel's impact sparks reflections from teen participants.
he Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's Teen Mission 2010
(TM10) includes 109 teens from Metro Detroit plus 12 Israeli
teens from Michigan Jewry's Partnership 2000 region in the Cen-
tral Galilee. These thoughts from local teens come after a week in Israel:
"I've never traveled internationally prior to our Teen Mission trip, so com-
ming to Israel for me is a crash course in travel and cultural experiences
as well as a deep Jewish experience. Yet as I revel in learning all about the
differences between America and Israel, what stands out even more is the
similarities between all human beings. I love making friends with the Israeli
teens on my bus."
— Natalie Redmond, 15, Sterling Heights
"The first week of the Teen Mission was -unbelievable. Everything we did
taught me about not only who I am as a Jew, but also how I became a Jew.
By the end of this trip, I will have more friends, more memories and an ex-
perience that will change me forever."
Liza Sherbin, 15, of West Bloomfield, Emily Cohn, 15, of Huntington Woods, Brenna Turner, 15,
of Southfield and Hannah Eisensteln, 15, of Bloomfield Hills scream when their camels sit
down at the end of a camel ride in a Bedouin village in the Negev.
Left: Jonathan Kurjan, 17, of Farm-
— Nikki Fleischman, 16, West Bloomfield
ington Hills and Markenson
Sylvestre, 15, of Birmingham buy
"Before we went to the Kotel [Western Wall], our rabbi prepared us for what
we might experience, either good or bad. Once I walked up to the ancient
wall, all I could do was look. Emotions flooded through me as I touched the
bumpy rocks of the wall. To me, I could feel God listening to my prayers."
pants at the Mahane Yehuda mar-
ket in Jerusalem.
Below left: Noah Cohen, 14, of
— Shira Starr, 15, Farmington Hills-
Franklin empties a crate of onions
"During our first week, we explored many areas in, around and under Je-
rusalem. We visited the Wailing Wall as well as the rest of the Jewish and
Christian quarters. The Wall is the most dominant memory, though, because
of the feeling I got from being there for the first time. It was very powerful;
almost as if I'm home. It didn't hit me that I was actually on the opposite side
of the world until then."
picked by the teens for needy
people in the Table to Table service
project in the Gedera region.
Below right: Shira Starr, 15, of
Farmington Hills in the market.
—Jonathan Kurjan, 17, Farmington Hills
"It is amazing to see all of the places that you've read about for so long and
to feel a deeper connection to your Judaism as a whole. Israel has a history
since the beginning of time and to be able to witness and touch this history
is truly an amazing feeling."
—Jacob Ruby, 15, Bloomfield Hills
To see more photos from the Teen Mission, log on to:
www.jewishdetroit,org/teenmission. The kJ is a co-sponsor of the trip.
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